SHETLAND is represented strongly in the nominations for this year’s national Fishing News Awards.
Davie Hutchison of Whalsay’s Charisma is the only nominee in the pelagic fisherman of the year category.
Ivan Garriock, of the Valhalla, is up for the demersal fisherman section, while Lee Odie (Mizpah/NAFC Marine Centre) is nominated for trainee fisherman of the year.
Opportune’s Ben Irvine is shortlisted in the young fisherman of the year.
Cullivoe, meanwhile, will fight it out with the likes of Fraserburgh and Peterhead in the fishing port of the year category.
The council-owned port’s quayside offers up to 250 metres of sheltered berthing for vessels with a draft of up to six metres, while it also supplies fuel and ice.
Last year £5.8 million of demersal fish was landed at Cullivoe, meaning it was one of the top ten landing ports in the UK.
Shetland Islands Council’s harbour board chairwoman Andrea Manson said: “I’m delighted that Cullivoe has been recognised as an example of best practice within the fishing industry.
“Our investment in the port, and the support of the local fishing fleet and the North Yell community has helped the harbour to flourish. With increased landings and activity in recent years, Cullivoe is now one of the busiest white fish ports in the UK.”
This year’s Fishing News Awards will take place in Aberdeen on 24 May.